Littleboot wrote: ↑Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:03 pm
Just a reminder to stay aware of the progress of weather systems as you detect.
I gather it is similar weather in Blighty at present....we have had extremely hot weather recently which has, inevitably, given way to a build up of storms and humidity. For three days in a row I have finished my work and then decided to detect nearby arable in the mid to late afternoon......and each time it has been a photo finish with the distant roll of thunder.
Thing is, with detectors being waterproof I am somewhat less aware of rain clouds because the days of struggling to protect my equipment from water have gone. Today i was detecting about 500 yards away from my home. Open arable land and no cover. I was happily pootling along and enjoying the fact that the signals were biting after some much needed rain. However, when i turned around I was shocked to see how angry the sky looked and, on removing my headphones, how loud and close the thunder actually was. It isn't always easy to see lightning in broad daylight but I definitely saw a flash of sheet lightning overhead. It was like a camera flash bathing everything.
Because I had been involved and my back was turned to the emerging storm it had crept up on me.
So i scuttled off home not a moment too soon. Within 5 minutes of getting indoors there was a crack of fork lightning in the direction i had come from.
We are in the middle of open fields and therefore susceptible to being struck. Please remain aware and regularly check out the sky all around you (storms have a nasty habit of going round you in a circle) at regular intervals. Take stock and form a judgement of where you would take shelter and how quickly you could get there. (You are perfectly safe from an electric storm in a car.)
If you can hear thunder then it is possible to be struck. That is a fact.
All very sound advice Jan. but I have to say, like you, I’ve been there, done that and didn’t think much of it.
Over the years, boy have I been caught in some storms. Makes me shiver thinking about it. Mainly because all of my hobbies have been outside. Amazingly horses don’t seem the slightest bit bothered by them, unlike me !
When I was a child I remember we used to get what were called ‘Electrical Storms’ they were hum-dingers. Not too often we get them now so worth reminding us how dangerous they can be.
The storms last week sounded very similar but as I’ve already said they went all around us. Like watching a fire work display from the safety of home.
One thing we can rely on in Wales is rain, sooner or later and now seems to be sooner. Watch out for the Westerlies.
Thanks for the post